Electricity for your ankles.
Give your soggy, snowy, or muddy trail run a boost with the Outdoor Research Sparkplug Gaiter, which uses a breathable, water-resistant, stretchy nylon fabric and a single lace hook to keep junk, gunk, and trail skunks from befouling your socks and enmuddening your ankles.
- Nylon/spandex blend
- Breathable and water-resistant
- 8.5in tall
- Single lace hook attachment
- Item #ODR000W
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: L/XL
They do keep most dirt and detritus out of my running shoes. It might be my skinny ankles but the fabric is very light and without an elastic top the gaiters sag towards the top of my shoes. As a work around I've used a medium rubber band on the outside and it seems to keep them up. Adding the velcro to the back of my shoes wasn't that difficult. They should include more than a single pair because trail shoes generally only last a few months, besides who only has a single pair?. That said, getting roll of velcro from any hardware store isn't a huge deal.
Gaiter Size Guide
They do what they're supposed to.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Ordered these to wear while backpacking in my Altra Lone Peaks. They do what they're supposed to-- they're lightweight, they're simple, and they stay put. They're nothing fancy, but they're functional, and the material dries quickly and keeps rocks and dirt and other nature business out of my shoes. As trail running gaiters go, these get the job done! They also come with extra velcro for the heel of your shoes, in case your shoes aren't already pre-velcro'ed.
How much does a medium weigh?
I wear a size 9.5 womens HOKA should I order size large?
L/XL would be the correct size for a 9.5 women's shoe.